Kamaleshwari Mandir is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is situated in the largest sub-divisional town of Tripura called Kamalpur. The town is about 35 kilometres away from Ambassa, the district headquarters of Dhalai. Kamaleshwari Mandir is located 122 kilometres from Agartala.
Kamaleshwari is another name for Goddess Kali and hence, the temple is so named. The town of Kamalpur is named after the temple too. The temple is frequented by worshippers throughout the year. However, the ideal time to visit the Kamaleshwari Mandir is during the months of September and May, the reason being that rainfall subsides and makes the temple easily accessible.
Tourists can reach the temple directly from Agartala by travelling on hired taxis. Buses can also be taken up to Ambassa and thereafter, to Kamalpur. Kamalpur doesn’t have any railway station and the nearest railhead is in Agartala. The nearest airport is also in Agartala.
Lakhi Narayan Bari is located in Kailashahar, the district headquarters of North Tripura; it is famous for the Lord Krishna idol that is installed within its premises. The famous idol was installed by Krishnananda Sevayet. Today the Lakhi Narayan Bari is also considered as an antique monument of importance in India.
Lakhi Narayan Bari is one of the famous tourist attractions of Kailashahar. Kailashahar may not be the most known tourist attractions of Tripura, but once you step foot into the abode of Lord Shiva, its pristine beauty and natural surroundings will compel you to recommend this place to your friends.
Agartala is 160 kilometres away from Kailashahar. The town is well-connected with good roads and it takes a little more than 3 hours to reach Kailashahar from Agartala. You can directly visit the Lakhi Narayan Bari Temple when you reach Kailashahar.
The Tripura Sundari Temple is one of the most popular temples in Tripura. The Tripura Sundari Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of Goddess Kali according to Hindu mythology. The ‘soroshi’ form of Goddess Kali is worshipped in this temple.
The temple structure resembles the shape of a tortoise or a kurma and hence is called the 'Kurma Peeth'. It is believed that the right foot of Sati fell here. According to Hindu mythology, saddened by the death of Sati, Shiva took her lifeless body on his shoulders and started the Tandav dance with such ferocity that the other Gods were scared.
To stop Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu cut Sati’s body into pieces which fell all over India, Pakistan, Burma and Nepal. The area where the right foot fell, is worshipped as the peethasthan. The temple resembles the architecture of Bengal with its hut-shaped structure and its conical shaped roofs. The Kalyan Sagar lake on the eastern side of the Tripura Sundari temple lies on the eastern side of the lake.
Currently the State Legislative Assembly, the Ujjayanta Palace is one of the most awe-inspiring architectural brilliance in Agartala. Built in Indo-Greek style, it was built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya.
It was built during 1899-1901 and Sir Alexander Martin of Messrs Martin & Co., was the chief designer of this palace. The name, Ujjayanta Palace was given by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
The palace consists of a throne room, durbar hall, reception hall and a library, while there are several gardens surrounding the building. Spread over an area of about 800 acres, two temples have also been built within the area, that of Lord Jagannath and Lord Umamaheswar.
The building in itself has three dome like structures, the largest of which lies at a towering height of 26 metres. The interiors are exquisitely adorned by wooden carvings, huge doors and minute work done everywhere.
It is believed that the Maharaja during that time spent over Rs. 10 Lakhs on the construction of the building.
The Bhuvaneswari Temple has been immortalised by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in his novel ‘Rajarshi’ and drama ‘Bisharjan’. The temple is situated besides the river Gomati and is located close to the old royal palace which lies in ruins today. The Bhuvaneswari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneswari and was built in the 17th Century by Maharaja Govinda Manikya.
It is estimated that the temple was constructed in around 1660 to 1675 AD. Before shifting capital to Agartala, Udaipur was the official residence of the Manikya dynasty and the capital of the kingdom.
The beautiful temple is perched upon a three-foot elevated porch. There is a four chaala roof, stupas at the entrance and a core chamber that completes the architecture of the temple. Flower-patterned motifs are the highlights of the temple that adorn the pillars and the stupas. The temple is frequented by Hindu devotees who consider it as an important religious destination of Tripura.
The Choudoo Devotar Mandir or the 14 Deities Temple at Rangauti is located 14 kilometres from the capital of Tripura, Agartala. It lies in Kailashahar at Rangauti. The Choudoo Devotar Mandir is one of the most revered temples in Tripura and is dedicated to 14 gods and goddesses.
It is believed that Maharaja Manikya had a dream that an idol of Tripura Sundari should be installed and moved from the place he found it. Accordingly, the maharaja built the Choudoo Devotar Mandir at Rangauti. The temple is dedicated to the mother of the people of Tripura called Tripuri or Ama. The temple looks like a tortoise-shaped small convex hill while the idol belongs to the 10th or 12th century AD.
The Kharchi Puja celebrated in the month of July is the most important festival in the Choudoo Devotar Mandir. Scores of devotees throng the temple doors during the Kharchi Festival.
After Agartala became the choice for the capital by the Manikyas, they made sure that they adequately decorated the city. One such attempt was the construction of the Jagannath Temple located at the banks of the Dighi Lake.
It is believed that the Jagannath idol or the Neelmadhav idol was donated by the famous Puri’s Jagannath Temple. The temple, which is a national heritage today, has been built beautifully though having an Islamic influence in its design.
There is a dome at the top of the temple along with an arched roof. The orange-coloured four-storeyed tower also known as the ‘Shikhara’ rises from an octagonal plinth and is one of the striking features of the temple.
The temple also sees a confluence of Hemadpanthi and Arabic style. However, the interiors have a Hindu flair with the pillars and walls depicting stories of Lord Krishna.
The Longtharai Mandir is the most revered temple in the Dhalai district. Longtharai is the Kokborok name of Lord Shiva. The temple lies about 102 kilometres away from Agartala.
It is believed that while Lord Shiva was travelling from Mount Kailash, his home, he rested in this area. Since he is believed to have stepped foot here, this area became famous and a temple was soon constructed. Today the temple and the adjoining hill area are highly regarded and people from all over visit the Longtharai Mandir.
The word Longtharai also has another meaning—deep valley. Khumpi is a local flower that blooms on the roadside leading to the temple. Not only is the temple a pious place, but the area around the temple is worth a visit too. The enchanting natural beauty that seems to be tucked away from the world of commercialisation and rat race is definitely a must visit.
The Nazrul Granthagar is a famous national library in Udaipur. It is named after the famous Bengali poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam. The national library is a storehouse of all kinds of books ranging from fiction to non-fiction. The Nazrul Granthagar stands as a tall reminder of the cultural richness of the Manikya dynasty and also the importance of books and literature for the people of Tripura.
Though today it seems to be tucked away in one of the lanes of Udaipur, quite far from the capital city of Agartala, a large number of people, especially students and scholars visit the library regularly.
For tourists who fancy reading up more about the local culture of a place, Nazrul Granthagar is the place to be in. Housing thousands of books, the national library is one of its kind. Since it is named after the famous poet, a large section of books is dedicated to him too.
Raas Lila is the famous dance of Lord Krishna with Radha and her sakhis (friends). The Manipuris, followers of Lord Krishna, organise a yearly Raas Mela in honour of the god and the dance. In Dhalai district, the significantly large Manipuri community organises the Raas Fair.
The largest fair is held in Salema, but nowadays, the Raas Fair is held in almost every part of the district. Celebrated in the month of December, the biggest attraction of the Raas Fair is the Raas Yatra or the Lord Krishna procession. Clay models of Lord Krishna are displayed in this procession wherein his various deeds and phases of life are shown.
Many followers of Lord Krishna fervently participate in the Raas Fair held in the Dhalai district. In fact, it is one of the main tourist attractions in the district too. Ambassa, the district headquarters, is located 90 kilometres from Agartala.
There are more than 16 tea estates in Kailashahar and its adjoining areas. A visit to these lush green plantations is anyone’s delight. The tea estates are not only known for their enchanting beauty but also for the superb quality of tea leaves.
Some of the tea estates in the area are very old, dating back to the early 20th century and were established as early as 1916. The essence of the place is that tea is grown, even today, following the traditional methods. Tea produced from the tea plantations around Kailashahar have great blending qualities and are believed to be good for health too. The tea estates are also known to produce organic tea.
A visit to the tea estates does not take an entire day and tourists can easily plan their itinerary in such a manner that they visit all the tourist attractions in Kailashahar in one day.
Housed inside the large Ujjayanta Palace complex, the Umamaheswar Temple is one of the many temples to be found in the palace’s premises. It is a Hindu temple following the Shiva and Shakti tradition. Umamaheswar is another name of Goddess Durga.
Similar to most of the temples in Tripura, the Umamaheswar Temple also resembles the architecture of Bengal. The temple is predictably coloured orange (similar to many such temples found in Bengal). Looking at the architecture of the Umamaheswar Temple it can be said that Tripura is probably the only North Eastern state to have so much in common with Hinduism.
In the backdrop of the temple, the Ujjayanta Palace, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Agartala, can be seen. It magnifies the beauty of the temple and the temple seems to perfectly blend with the background. The green lawns at the front also adds up to the beauty.
Kalyan Sagar is a large lake on the side of Tripura Sundari Temple. The lake is spread over more than five acres, and its length is 224 yards while its width is 160 yards. The lake was dug up 124 years after the Tripura Sundari Temple was set up. It dates back to the time of Maharaja Kalian Manikya in the year 1501.
Many kinds of fish and aqua species can be found in the Kalyan Sagar Lake. Many rare species of tortoise are found in the lake while it is home to fishes too. While fishing is prohibited in the lake, devotees visiting the temple offer puffed rice and biscuit to the fishes.
The Lake doesn’t just help beautify the temple area, but it is also believed to be sacred by the devotees. The Kalyan Sagar Lake is one of the many lakes in Udaipur that makes it the lake city.
Venuban Buddha Vihar is the Buddha temple located 2 km away from the Agartala city centre. It is a famous Buddha temple in the area and is famed to house a Buddha idol completely made of metal. It is believed that the legendary idol was made in Myanmar and later transported to its present location.
In Venuban Budhha Vihar, Buddha Purnima, the day which encompasses the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha, is celebrated with much gusto. The temple is decorated in colourful hoardings and it wears a general air of festivity.
Many people from across the city and other places visit the Venuban Budhha Vihar to mark this occasion. The Venuban Budhha Vihar is considered to be one of the important Buddha temples in India and is highly revered by Buddhists and followers of Lord Buddha.
Apart from having a strong religious significance, the temple is also a popular tourist destination.
The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is located 35 km from Agartala and is famous for its greenery and abundant landscape. It is spread over 18.5 sq km and is home to migratory birds and animals. The wildlife sanctuary was built in the year 1972 and over the years has gained the popularity of being a famous tourist destination.
It is believed that as many as 150 species of birds have been spotted here, many of which are migratory birds. Apart from the wilderness, the Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary also has a deer park and lakes.
The wildlife sanctuary is divided into five sections, basically to segregate the different types of animals living here. They are the carnivores section, primate section, ungulate section, reptile section and aviary section.
The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary also has two natural lakes, namely Abasarika and Amrit Sagar both of which have boating facilities. There is also a rest house within the sanctuary.